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January 25, 2018


Note: Admissions will open at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31 due to all department staff participating in Visit Day.

Courageous Conversations Women’s Voices series kicks off February 8


At a moment when women’s issues have captured national attention, Columbus State is launching a new Courageous Conversations series focused on intersectional female empowerment and education. Courageous Conversations Women’s Voices will feature nationally-recognized speakers, as well as panel discussions, resource tables, and more.

Keynote speakers include former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown; “Orange is the New Black” author Piper Kerman; and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. Events are free and open to the public.

The series begins Thursday, February 8 with events focused on women and politics.


The Courageous Voice of the First Woman to Run for President
February 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall 106 (Lounge)

Historian and Columbus State faculty member Judith Dann shares the inspiring (and surprising) story of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States in 1872. This free event looks at the life of a trailblazing woman and the lessons we can learn from her today. Friends and family are welcome! Register here.



Follow Black Women: A Discussion of Women in Politics
February 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall 106 (Lounge)

Join us for a conversation with Yvette McGee Brown, Ohio's first African-American female Supreme Court Justice. As a former judge and a community and corporate leader who has worked to help improve the lives of children and families, McGee Brown brings a wealth of perspective to the discussion. This free event is open to the public. Register here.

To see a full list of upcoming events and to RSVP, visit


New student-led Programming Board and call for applications

The Student Engagement and Leadership Department is offering volunteer positions on the new student-led Programming Board.

All students are encouraged to apply for a seat on the Programming Board, and we encourage student leaders from all departments, student groups, student employment positions, and athletic teams to apply if interested. The board has up to nine positions to offer. Students on the board will be responsible for developing ways to unite the Columbus State community, create engagement opportunities for students, and work closely with Columbus State clubs, organizations, and affiliations.

Columbus State employees, staff and advisors, please feel free to recommend student leaders that you think will fit and benefit from this position.

Find the application here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Engagement and Leadership department at or (614) 287-2637. 


2018 Student Leadership and Diversity Retreat

Student Engagement and Leadership and the Global Diversity Inclusion Center are hosting the Student Leadership and Diversity Retreat Thursday, February 15 through Saturday, February 17. This year's retreat theme is "Let's Break the Ice.” The goal of this retreat is to offer learning opportunities to increase leadership development, a better understanding of diversity, and promote networking in students’ professional and personal lives. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 9 by 4:30 p.m.
For more information and registration, visit the Hub here
If you interested in facilitating a workshop, visit SLDR Workshop Application


Student success presentation for faculty and staff

Join Counseling Services, Victim Advocacy and Equity and Compliance for a faculty advocacy and student success presentation on Thursday, February 1 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio, CO 111. Learn how you can best support students experiencing life challenges, and how campus partnerships can help. We will discuss campus resources, referral processes, and reporting protocol in an open dialogue. This event is open to college faculty and staff. For additional questions contact Corey Harris at


Book club: ‘Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning’



February 9, 2018

Chapter 1 and 2: Misconceptions in Learning/ To Learn and Retrieve

February 23, 2018

Chapter 3: Mix up Your Practice

March 2, 2018

Chapter 4: Embrace Difficulties

March 23, 2018

Chapter 5: Avoid Illusions of Knowing

April 13, 2018

Chapter 6: Get Beyond Learning Styles

April 27, 2018

Chapter 7: Increase Your Abilities

May 4, 2018

Chapter 8: Make It Stick (Brings the entire book together)

Starting Friday, February 9, the Faculty Entry, Training, and Professional Development and the Instructional Success Committees will be partnering to host a book club to discuss the book “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning,” by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel. If you attended the summer 2017 FIX conference, then you already have the book. If you did not attend FIX, contact Lydia Gilmore ( to get a copy of the book. 

Faculty who attend all seven sessions will receive a certificate of completion for professional development.

“Make It Stick” draws on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines to offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. The book club will meet on Fridays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in WD 1094. The schedule for the book club meeting is below. You do not need to attend every meeting, so attend when you are available. Please register on the employee training page to ensure that we have space for everyone. Register here.


Schedule a wellness presentation for students or staff

College Recreation and Wellness believes that all students should have access to wellness information, even in the classroom. If you would like a specialist to come and speak with your class on a variety of different health topics, go to this link and fill out the request form. The form lists a variety of topics to choose from. If you have another specific topic request, please include it and we will work with you to present on that topic as well. We also want to open this opportunity to all departments on campus so employees can benefit from all that Columbus State has to offer to promote the healthy lifestyles of our students, faculty, and staff. Presentations can be in the form of Lunch and Learn sessions or as interactive sessions such as a self-defense demonstration or exercise demonstration.


Call for nominations: 2018 Society of the Compass Award

medallion logoThe Society of the Compass is a prestigious student award society established in honor of Columbus State’s 50th anniversary, with an annual induction ceremony every spring. The name of the award signifies that our students often find their life direction while in college, and the distinction allows faculty and staff to recognize graduating students who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement during their time at Columbus State. Acceptance to the Society of the Compass represents success in the four “compass points” that serve as the foundation of the Society’s creed: Nobility, Excellence, Service, and Wisdom.

Nominations are currently being accepted for students who embody these four fundamental values to be considered for the 2018 Society of the Compass award.

Faculty and staff nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 12 for this year’s induction.

For more information, instructions, and the form for nominating students to the Society of the Compass, please visit the website.



Edwynna Freeman earns Associate Certified Coach Certificate

Congratulations to Edwynna Freeman for being the first HR Business Partner to achieve her Associate Certified Coach Certificate through the International Coach Federation (ICF). ICF coaching is a client-driven process that’s distinct from other service professions, such as counseling, mentoring, consulting, and training. Freeman completed 91 hours of training, provided over 100 hours of coaching, and passed an exam to earn her certification. Achieving credentials through ICF signifies a coach’s commitment to integrity, understanding, and mastery of coaching skills, and dedication. “I have encouraged all of our HR Business Partners to gain their professional coach certification through ICF so that we can expand HR’s support services for our faculty, staff, and administrators,” said Executive Director of Human Resources Lynda Anderson-Casey. “I am so excited for Edwynna to have achieved this important accomplishment.”  For more information about professional coaching, visit


Disability Employee Resource Group meeting on January 26

The Disability Employee Resource Group invites college employees who identify as an individual with a disability or as a caretaker for someone whose disability substantially affects a person's life to our gathering on Friday, January 26 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the The Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43215). 

Please consider joining in conversations.  If you have questions about the ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks or Tiffany McClain. 


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Notes from the Discovery District

BalletMet is performing “Gisele” February 9-17. Learn more and get tickets here.

Thurber House opens its new Evenings with Authors season on February 6 with “Holy Rover” author Lori Erickson. Check out her event and the rest of the season here

Blockfort Gallery is presenting work of artist Kat Francis (a CCAD grad) in the month of February. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, February 3, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Blockfort (162 N. 6th St.). Additional events including meditation sessions and yoga classes will also be offered as part of the exhibition. Dates for the additional events will be announced via social media channels. Learn more by visiting the Facebook event.




College Knowledge: Academic Affairs

The January session of College Knowledge is dedicated to The Office of Academic Affairs. In particular, this session will feature the innovative work of the Business & Engineering Tech Division’s Grants Team. Columbus State currently leads eight separate National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program awards totaling more than $5.6 million. The grants are all STEM-focused and help guide the development and expansion of degree programs throughout the Business, Engineering and Technology division. Come learn about these important programs and other news from Academic Affairs.

To register, log in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed on Friday, January 26, 9-10:30 a.m. and select request to register. More event details, including location, can be found on Cornerstone. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.